Even before getting Jharkhand Governor M.O.H. Farook’s invitation, chief minister in waiting Arjun Munda of the Bharatiya Janata Party has declared his resolve to give the state a stable administration.
A letter of support, signed by 45 legislators, was submitted on Tuesday to Farook, who recommended the revocation of the order that brought the state under President’s rule. But he is yet to invite the BJP-led formation to form government. Munda’s deputy in the coalition, Sudesh Mahato’s All Jharkhand Students Union Party and the other constituents of the formation, the JMM and the JD(U), have refrained from any ambitious statement.
But Munda declared: “Our priority will be to ensure cohesiveness to provide proper governance” even as there are deep fissures appearing in the Bharatiya Janata Party’s state unit.
It took a call from party chief Nitin Gadkari from Russia on Monday night to state president Raghubar Das to make it possible for Munda to aspire for the top job for the third time.
A disenchanted Das said he had to step down as the leader of legislature against his wishes. “I cannot show dissent or disregard to my leaders’ order.”
There are differences in the party’s central leadership too. While Gadkari and his predecessor, Rajnath Singh, favoured forming a coalition with the JMM, L.K. Advani, Arun Jaitley, Sushma Swaraj and Yashwant Sinha have been opposing it. The BJP and the JMM formed a coalition government on December 30 last year under JMM chief Sibu Soren. But it lasted for only five months.
What’s more, only two days ago, former central minister Yahwant Sinha declared himself to be the fittest leader in Jharkhand. He, however, made a tactical retreat on Wednesday. Worried, Munda’s mentor in Delhi, Rajnath Singh, advised him to take special care of planetary movements and consult astrologers before beginning his tenure.